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The Numbers Game
The latest team dealing with COVID-19 concerns have been the Cardinals. They had several games postponed last week. This week, they get to make up games against the Tigers. This gives both St. Louis and Detroit an eight-game week.
Five teams only get five-game weeks in week three. Those teams are the Blue Jays (playing all five at "home"), Indians, Marlins, Royals, and Yankees. Remember the Blue Jays will be playing their home games in Buffalo. It should play pretty hitter-friendly so don't shy away from your normal Blue Jays starters.
What do you get when you mix bad pitching and high altitude? You get the best targets of the week in the Colorado Rockies. They get a six-game homestand against the struggling Diamondbacks and Rangers. Ryan McMahon (68% owned) and Daniel Murphy (48% owned) are strong options. Maybe even Matt Kemp (9% owned) in deeper leagues.
The aforementioned Cardinals have a great slate this week. They host the Pirates for three games before traveling to Detroit for a double-header. They finish the week out in Chicago against the White Sox for a three-game series. Tommy Edman (75% owned) should get plenty of playing time, especially with a few players out with COVID-19. I like Kolten Wong (38% owned) and Tyler O'Neill (3% owned) to have solid weeks. Plus, with Yadier Molina on the IL due to COVID-19, Matt Wieters offers some value in two-catcher leagues. He's available virtually everywhere.
Stop me if you heard this before, but the Reds have a great week of hitting matchups. They play all six games at home, facing the Royals twice and the Pirates in a four-game series. Joey Votto, still just 71% owned in Yahoo! leagues, is a great play. I'm also keeping faith with Shogo Akiyama (36% owned). Deeper league options include Freddy Galvis (13% owned) and Jesse Winker (4% owned).
I like the Astros this week as well. They play in Houston for all six games. They get the Giants and Mariners for three games apiece. The only problem for fantasy owners is that most Astros are owned everywhere. Kyle Tucker (74% owned) should be right up there with the rest of his teammates. If he's still out there in your league, grab him!
Lastly, the Rangers get three home games against the Mariners before traveling to Coors Field. Shin-Soo Choo (44% owned) has been better lately. Plus, Todd Frazier (4% owned) has been playing every day and being productive to boot.
Fade! Fade! Fade!
The Red Sox get a seven-game week but have a tough week of hitting matchups. They host the Rays for four games before playing a three-game series at the Yankees. Andrew Benintendi (82% owned) continues to be too heavily rostered and started.
The Dodgers are basically the worst matchup hitters can have right now. This week’s honors of this go to the Angels and Padres. The Padres travel to LA for a four-game set but do finish the week in Arizona. Start your studs on San Diego though, as they have been red hot on offense. The Angels get three games at home vs the Athletics before the Dodgers roll into town for three as well. I'd look elsewhere if you're considering Justin Upton (62% owned) or even Jo Adell (52% owned) who is nursing an injury in addition to the poor matchups.
I'm staying away from the Royals this week. They only have five games lined up. Twice in Cincinnati, and then three times at the Twins. If you have other options, I'd sit them this week.